WHAT MEN WANT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adam Shankman Stars: Taraji P Henson, Aldis Hodge, Josh Brener, Tracy Morgan, Brian Bosworth, Erykah Badu, Shane Paul McGhie, Wendi McLendon Covey, Phoebe Robinson, Tamala Jones, Richard Roundtree, Kellan Lutz, Chris Witaske, Max Greenfield, Auston Jon Moore, Pete Davidson. This laboured, patchy and overlong comedy inverts the premise behind What Women Want, the 2000 romantic comedy from Nancy Meyers that starred Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Taraji P Henson (from tv series Empire, Hidden Figures, etc) plays Ali, a Continue reading

AT ETERNITY’S GATE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julian Schnabel Stars: Willem Dafoe, Oscar Isaac, Rupert Friend, Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric, Vincent Perez, Emanuelle Seigner. It somehow seems ironic that a film exploring the last days in the life of a famous artists should itself be about as interesting as watching paint dry. At Eternity’s Gate is a biopic of the eccentric and misunderstood artist Vincent Van Gogh who died at the age of 37 in 1890. The story of the life and times and death of the troubled Dutch painter has been depicted on screen many times before, most Continue reading

ESCAPE ROOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adam Robitel Stars: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Tyler Labine, Deborah Ann Woll, Nik Dodani, Jay Ellis, Yorick van Wageningen. Six strangers are brought together in an escape room challenge and have to use their wits when the game turns lethal in this hybrid horror thriller/survival thriller. It’s a bit like Saw, but without the torture porn element. The six strangers who seemingly have nothing in common each receives a mysterious little cube. When they manage to open it it contains an invitation to a high intensity escape Continue reading

ARCTIC.

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Joe Penna Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smaradottit. Danish star Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt, tv’s Hannibal, etc) virtually plays a lone hand in this grim tale of endurance and survival set in the frozen wastelands of the North Pole. The film will recall other survival dramas like All Is Lost, in which Robert Redford played a lone role as a sailor stranded at sea after his yacht was struck by a floating cargo container, or Cast Away with Tom Hanks stuck on a desert island with only a volleyball for company. In Arctic the Continue reading

ON THE BASIS OF SEX

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mimi Leder Stars: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterston, Chris Mulkey, Sam Waterston, Kathy Bates, Stephen Root, Jack Reynor, Wendy Crewson. Last year we saw the excellent documentary RBG, a comprehensive and insightful look at the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the diminutive lawyer and champion of human rights and gender equality who became the second woman ever appointed to the bench of the US Supreme Court. Ginsburg, who graduated at the top of her class at Columbia, is a Continue reading